Entergy CEO J. Wayne Leonard discusses his thoughts on Fukushima and safety at Indian Point, one year later.
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The global nuclear energy community yesterday marked the passing of one year since the natural disaster and accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. We have compiled a sampling of news coverage about the progress that has been made over the past 12 months, both in the recovery efforts at the facility in Japan as well as the actions nuclear plant operators are taking to enhance safety at reactors around the world. Check back this week for an updated collection of coverage.
“In Japan, Relief at Radiation’s Low Toll”
Wall Street Journal
March 9, 2012
“A year after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the emerging consensus among scientists is that its effects on physical health and the environment have so far been minimal. There have been no reported radiation-related deaths or illnesses from the accident, even among workers who faced very high exposure.”
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- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission last Friday approved the issuance of orders and information request letters for the U.S. nuclear industry to implement enhanced safety measures based on lessons learned from the Fukushima accident. The orders require industry to establish a mitigation strategy for beyond-design-basis external events as well as enhancements for used fuel pool instrumentation and venting systems for Mark I and Mark II boiling water reactors. The letters request information on flooding and seismic hazard re-evaluations, emergency response communications and staffing for accidents involving plants with multiple reactors.
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The Health Physics Society has released additional videos from their recent briefing on the health effects of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. In this first video, Dr. Robert Peter Gale of the Imperial College, London, talks about the radiological impact on the first responders who worked at Fukushima Daiichi. His conclusion: that even among those workers who received the highest dose of radiation, the effects may be minimal:
In this second video, Gale, along with Dr. Richard Vetter and Dr. John Boice of Vanderbilt University, turn their attention to the radiological impacts on local residents. Again, their conclusions are encouraging:
To view another interview from the HPS event with Dr. Kathryn Higley, click here.
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On March 1, 2012, the Health Physics Society convened a panel of leading scientific experts on radiation safety at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. While the quake and tsunami killed an estimated 20,000 people, radiation has not killed anyone so far, and members of HPS, drawn from academia, medicine, and the nuclear industry, suggested that the doses were too small to have much effect.
One of the HPS experts, Dr. Kathryn Higley, Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University and the former Reactor Supervisor for the Reed College TRIGA reactor, was asked a few questions about the adequacy of Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) and whether or not they are sufficient to protect public health and safety around nuclear power plants.
For more on the HPS event, click here.